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On Patrol: Drug suspect seldom goes to court, literally

By David Leone ROLESVILLE — A man police believe to be a repeat drug offender has also been charged with skipping court dates 14 times over the past three years. Derrick Anton Hicks, 22, 205 Stoke Hammond Court, Rolesville, was arrested by Raleigh Police Officer M.S. Cruthoff at...
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WFD appoints new members

WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Downtown Inc. (WFD) has announced the appointment of four new board members and a new executive committee. The four join 12 others who oversee the organization’s program of work, policies and practices, along with strategic planning and adherence to the...

Stormwater rules comment sought

RALEIGH — State officials will host a public hearing Aug. 20 on proposed changes to state stormwater management rules. The hearing starts at 2 p.m. in the ground floor hearing room of the Archdale Building, 512 North Salisbury St., Raleigh. Registration for speakers begins at...

Writers unite tonight

WAKE FOREST — Writer’s Night in the Forest continues at the Renaissance Centre tonight (Thursday) at 7 p.m. with Wake Forest’s own Nancy Livingstone, author of Against Their Will. Against Their Will is a compelling thriller that centers on a reporter and a movie star being used...
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Please don’t feed the vultures

By David Leone Vultures are nature’s cleanup crew, but they don’t know when to stop — if there’s too much detritus to find. That’s why the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has issued a warning to the public, requesting people to stop leaving trash and fish guts for buzzards to...
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FCAC photo winners

FRANKLINTON — The Franklin County Arts Council (FCAC) Photo Guild’s annual photography show opened Thursday night during the bi-monthly FCAC Art Stroll in downtown Franklinton. The show was judged by professional photographer and creative director Courtney Navy, with the...

Volunteers needed for project

WAKE FOREST — The town is seeking volunteers to assist with a late summer stream project at Sanford Creek Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Volunteers are asked to assemble in the Golden Star Way cul-de-sac in Heritage South between 8:45 and 9 a.m. Participants should come prepared...
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Party like a firefighter

By Carol Taber RALEIGH — It would be completely understandable if you had to stop your car and do a double-take while driving through the Riverside subdivision off Perry Creek Road in northern Raleigh. After all, it’s not every day that you see a home with its own shiny red fire...
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This Week In History – Aug. 14, 2014

In a recurring feature, The Wake Weekly looks back at what happened this week throughout the years. 1964 •Quick action by the Rolesville Fire Department saved two tobacco barns from destruction. Overheated oil curers on the John E. Keith and O.R. Freeman farms were the cause in...
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Business After Hours – August 14, 2014

Fresenius wins award Fresenius Medical Care Eastern Wake facility, 670 Granite Vista Drive, Rolesville, was awarded the Center of Excellence designation for achieving the highest standards in patient care in 2013. The annual award recognizes the best-performing Fresenius dialysis...

Lewis/Whitfield reunion Sunday

WAKE FOREST — The Lewis and Whitfield families will host their 43rd reunion Sunday at 3 p.m. at the Wake Forest community house, 133 W. Owen Ave. For more information, call Laura Wilkins at 919-426-0756.

Democratic ice cream social Saturday

WAKE FOREST — An ice cream social will be hosted by Shirley Sulick, precinct chairperson and treasurer of Democratic Women of Wake County, Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. at 3512 Trawden Drive in Wake Forest. Democratic candidates and constituents are invited and should RSVP to...

Legion to host BBQ fundraiser

FRANKLINTON — American Legion Post 52 is hosting a barbecue chicken plate fundraiser Aug. 22, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at 40 American Legion Road. Plates are $8 for eat-in or take-out.

Museum offers storytime, garden tour

RALEIGH — Summer activities are wrapping up at the N.C. Museum of History in August. Admission is free unless otherwise noted, and parking is free on the weekends. The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton St. downtown. For more information, call 919-807-7900 or see...

Soil and water meeting Aug. 21

LOUISBURG — The Franklin Soil & Water Conservation District Board meeting will be held Thursday, Aug. 21, at 9 a.m. in the Soil & Water Conservation District conference room at Franklin County Agricultural Services Center, 101 S. Bickett Blvd., Suite B, Louisburg. The...

Rabies clinic Aug. 23

LOUISBURG — The Franklin County Animal Shelter is holding a rabies clinic Saturday, Aug. 23, 8-9 a.m., at 351 T. Kemp Road. One- or 3-year rabies vaccines will be available for $5. Dogs must be on leashes, and cats must be crated. A previous rabies certificate, if available,...

Chik-fil-A helps feed families

RALEIGH — Increased food demand during summer months left Urban Ministries food pantry shelves bare, but with Chik-fil-A’s help they now have enough to feed 250 Wake County families for an entire week. July 24 and 25, participating Chik-fil-A locations traded one free Chik-fil-A...

Clint Black tickets on sale

LOUISBURG — Country music performer Clint Black is appearing in a benefit concert Sept. 23 at 7:30 at the Louisburg College Jones Performing Arts Center, sponsored by Friends of the Cancer Center. Net proceeds from the concert will help pay for mammograms for women at risk who...
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Golf course to be park

Questions raised about conflicts of interest, but attorney asserts all is in order. By Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — More than four years after being gifted nearly $900,000 to purchase land and construct a new county park, commissioners voted 6-1 Monday to purchase the former Bull...
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Junior deputies

Jashawn Jeffreys shows officers he’s strictly hands-off during a personal inspection of a police cruiser at the Wake Forest Police Department’s National Night Out event at Taylor Street Park Tuesday. The Night Out is designed to familiarize residents with their local officers....
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On Patrol: Cocaine trafficking charges net man $5.5 million bond

By David Leone RALEIGH — A repeat offender again charged with trafficking cocaine is in jail on a $5.53 million dollar bond following his arrest east of Rolesville at Quarry and Mitchell Mill roads. Robert Lee Alston, 32, 3301 Trail Drive, Wendell, was arrested July 25 by Wake...
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Employee — Airport unsafe

By Clellie Allen LOUISBURG — The anticipated vote on the new Franklin County park was nearly overshadowed during the time for public comments when former Triangle North Executive Airport service manager Bruce Allen aired what he believes are serious problems with how the airport...
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Learn to lie from the best: professional storytellers

Festival, workshops debut Saturday. By David Leone WAKE FOREST — Get E. Gale Buck talking … about the weather, fishing, the North Pole, or even himself, and be prepared to hear him describe whatever it is in a whimsical, winding fashion. That’s because what Buck does best is what...
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Former Wakefield coach pleads guilty

By Clellie Allen RALEIGH — Jamie Lloyd Ayers, the Wakefield High School teacher and head softball coach arrested in 2013 for sex crimes against a student, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of felony sex of-fense against a child Monday morning. He was sentenced to a minimum of five...